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TAX WON'T PIRATE PUBLIC FUNDS; POLL REVEALS STEEL CURTAIN
Published October 27, 1997
A new Tribune-Review/WPXI-TV poll has found that support for a proposed regional sales tax which would benefit the construction of new stadiums for the Steelers and Pirates "has inched upward," according to Sandra Skowron of the Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW. In the new poll, 66.4% of the respondents opposed the tax, with 53.4% saying that they were "flat-out opponents." A poll conducted by the paper two months ago found that 71% of the people were opposed, with 52.2% "staunchly against" the tax. Voters said that offers made by the Pirates and Steelers to contribute to the projects "did increase" their support. Also, "about" 38% said that they think the Pirates "will leave" if the referendum fails, while 34.9% feel the team will stay. The survey of 901 voters was conducted October 17-22, and has a margin of error of +/- 5.7% (TRIBUNE REVIEW, 10/26)